Wednesday, July 29, 2009

July 29 Cadboro Bay (#77)

George and I went for a morning Greenland style paddle. We took the Tahe Greenland and my Disko Bay and we did a bunch of rolling practice as well as a paddle over to Willows beach. Sunny, warm and calm!


7 km, 4 NM, YTD 804 km

Sunday, July 26, 2009

July 26 - Oyama last paddle (#76)

I decided to take the Tahe Greenland out for a last spin in Oyama, do a few rolls and paddle into Wood Lake. Claire tried rolling again and did well doing a butterfly and a standard Greenland roll.


3 km, 2 NM, YTD 797 km

July 26th - Oyama (#75)

I managed to wake up early to a beautiful calm morning and decided to go for a pre breakfast paddle – it was nice to get out before the boats had started and the lake was glassy calm. Unfortunately it is our last day in Oyama and much of the rest of the day will be spent packing and tidying…


9km, 5 NM, YTD 794 km

Saturday, July 25, 2009

July 25th - Oyama wind and waves (#74)

An afternoon thunderstorm came through and there was a good southerly wind so I took the red wisper out to play. The waves in wood lake were nice but not quite enough for the wisper to surf on. I put up the spirit sail for a bit and had fun with that too.


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2 km, 1NM, YTD 785 km

Friday, July 24, 2009

July 24 - Peachland (#73)

I met Kathy and Ellen at a beach south of Peachland for a paddle across Okanagan lake to Rattlesnake island and Squally point. Conditions were good with a light north wind that created 6 inch waves or so. The cliffs by squally point are impessive! We stopped on Rattlesnake Is for lunch and explored the remains of a crazy plan to create a resort there. It was also neat to see the area burnt by the 2003 kelowna fire in OKanagan Mountain park. On the way to Peachland i drove through some of the area burnt by the recent Glenrosa fire – looks like they will be working on it for a while.


13 km, 7 NM, YTD 783 km

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Juky 22 - Kelowna (#72)

I joined Kathy, Candi and a few others on a KCKC wednesday evening paddle out of Kelowna. Kathy, Candi and I went for a pre paddle paddle south to the floating bridge and then came back to the park to join the KCKC paddle. Conditions were a bit windy earlier on but calmed down around 6:30 PM. It was nice to explore a new shoreline and I did some more rolling in the Tahe Greenland. We had spectacular views of the Terrace mountain fire billowing huge clouds of smoke igh into the sky.


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14 km, 7NM, YTD 770 km

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

July 21 - Oyama (#71)

Jenny and I went for a relaxed paddle around the south end of the lake. Jnny tried the GP for a while as well as Darth Kayak.




5 km, 3 NM, YTD: 756 km

Monday, July 20, 2009

July 20th - Oyama evening (#70)

Monica and I went for a relaxed evening paddle over into Wood Lake in a pair of Wispers. The evening light was nice and we saw an osprey and a loon.


4 km, 2 NM, YTD: 751

July 20 - Oyama (#69)

I took the blue Wisper out for a morning paddle towards Vernon, taking advantage of the shade on the way out – what a diffrence in temperature on the two sides! The Wisper seems to paddle nicely at a decent speed. You can see lots of smoke and haze to the south from the fires near Kelowna.


13 km, 7 NM, YTD 747 km

Sunday, July 19, 2009

July 19 - Oyama again (#68)

I went out for another paddle in the F1 and took the windpaddle as where was a nice breeze. Did a quick paddle up wind and then went back down wind. After that went for a paddle over to Kaloya park and then poked my nose into wood lake. The wind was still good so I did a fianl upwind paddle leg and downwind sail be fore coming in for lunch!


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6 km, 3 NM, YTD 734 km

July 19 - Oyama (#67)

I went for another before breakfast paddle. The lake is so nice before the wind comes up and the boaters get going. I found a nice black fender and saw 3 deer. I also saw a merganser with several chicks, some of whom were “on board”. I am also enjoying my telus internet stick! it allows me to post from the comfort of a chair in the shade!


9 km, 4.5 NM, YTD 728 km

Saturday, July 18, 2009

July 18 - Oyama (#66)

I took the Tahe greenland out for a spin around the south end of Kal lake. It is definitely noticeably faster than my other kayaks. It was nice to get out for an early morning paddle before breakfast. Yesterday I did some rolling and then was able to teach Claire, Laura and Celina how to do a butterfly roll. It took less than 15 minutes to get each of them to do their first successful roll! Nitice how Kal lake is mislabelled in Google Maps... You can really see the shallows in this image.


8 km, 4 NM, YTD: 719 km

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

July 14 - first sail with the Hunter

Not a paddling trip but I was bale to get the Hunter 19 out for a sail for an hour or two. jenny and Riley were my crew and we had a nice couple of tacks out into Oak Bay. Also dropped by to see the OBSR folks on training. Under sail we were making about 2.5 to 3 knots and under power up to 5.5 knots (with the 4 HP yamaha)


Monday, July 13, 2009

June 13 - McNeill Bay (#65)

Gordin, Dennis, Dan and I set out from McNeill Bay to play in the wind and waves. We had a blast in the waves, saw some orcas in the distance, got some surf rides and did some rescue practice. I was in my Sirocco.


10 km, 5 NM, YTD: 711 km

Sunday, July 12, 2009

July 12th - Southey Point (#64)

Kellie, Ros, GeorgeE, GeorgeF, Joanie and I set out from Southey Point in beautiful conditions for Tent Island as the conditions towards Wallace were quite windy. I was paddling the Tahe Greenland again. By the time we reached Tent Island, we felt the wind was beginning to rise so thought it was wise to paddle back to Saltspring while we could and then spent the rest of our paddle along the shore of Saltspring. There were some good waves and wind on the east side of Southey point and I went to play in the waves in the TG. It performed very well. We had lunch on a beautiful while shell sand beach and then decided to head back so as to make a reasonable ferry. Another delightful day on the water!


10 KM, 5NM, YTD 701 km

Saturday, July 11, 2009

July 11 - Brentwood Bay (#63)

I joined a SISKA paddle from Brentwood Bay to Mill bay and had a wonderful day. Conditions were magnificent and we covered a fair bit of ground for a “relaxed” paddle. Did a bit of rolling in the Tahe Greenland. Paddled nicely on a day paddle!


20 km, 10 NM, YTD 691 km

Friday, July 10, 2009

July 10 - Chatham (#63)

Dan and I went out for a short afternoon Paddle – left around 2:15 and back by 4. Went out to Chatham and poked around the Bays. There was a nice strong current in Baynes. Ran into George and Ros on the beach upon our return - they had also been out to Chatham!


11km, 6 NM, YTD 671 km

Thursday, July 09, 2009

July 9 - Elk Lake (#62)

I went up to Elk lake to practice rolling the Tahe Greenland and also to help out at the SISKA gathering. Gary A did a on shore session on boat design and I was on the water helping with some draws, rescues and other strokes. As you can see from the track there were quite a few “wiggles”.


3 km, 1.5 NM, YTD 660 km.

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

July 7th - Chatham Island (#61)

I paddled the Shadow around to Telegraph Cove to meet Gordin and then we both went for a turn around Chatham. It was a great low tide and we had to pick our way carefully between Chatham and Discovery. On my way back, I went for a spin around the moored boats in Cadboro Bay and stopped for a few minutes at the Hunter19.

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As an aside from paddling, I took the Hunter out yesterday for it’s first “motor” since getting a new outboad and did an hour or “running in”. It cruises nicely with the 4HP.


20 km, 11 NM, YTD 657 km

Sunday, July 05, 2009

July 5th - Discovery (#60)

Dennis, Paolo and I set out from the usual beach to paddle around discovery. I was paddling the Greenland, and Paolo the F1. We went counterclockwise for a change. I did some rolling again after lunch in the “rolling machine” and then Paolo and Dennis tested it out when we returned. They too found the Tahe Greenland super easy to roll.

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18 km, 9 NM, YTD 637 km.

Friday, July 03, 2009

July 3 - Cadboro Point (#59)

Dan and I went for a short paddle out to Cadboro Point. We played in the flood current for a while and I was able to get the Greenland to surf a bit. We then did a bunch of rolling on the way back. The Tahe Greenland is such a dream to roll. I think I will have to figure out how to take it to the Okanagan with me without paying overheight!


7 km, 4 NM, YTD 619km

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

July 1 - Loon Bay (#58)

Gordin and I went out for a mid/late afternoon trip to Loon Bay to practice rolls. I was using the Tahe Greenland and it performed very well. I am getting close to having all the following rolls nailed: standard, static brace, body brace, butterfly, shotgun, arm crook, norsaq, hand and a reverse sweep (forward finishing). I also tried to do a wet exit and a reentry with just my paddle (left paddle float at home), but this was not successful, so I did a rentry and roll, the downside being the pumping after. I also paid a short visit to the Hunter 19 and was able to practice getting in and out of the Tahe Greenland on the water.

ScreenShot157 2 km, 1 NM, YTD 611 km